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Friday, October 10, 2014 Permalink

Science Friday: Rising Seas, Mortality, Quarks, Containing Ebola, Violin Design, Bacteria, And MSG


Taking the Temperature of Rising Seas

Researchers are trying to better understand ocean water temperatures, which is an important factor in rising sea levels.


Atul Gawande: On Being Mortal

In his book Being Mortal, surgeon Atul Gawande argues that more medicine may not be better medicine in end-of-life care.


How to Make Quark Soup

Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.


The Race to Contain, Rather Than Cure, Ebola

With production of experimental treatments slow-going, rapid diagnostic testing could be the best bet for containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.


How Did the Violin Get Its Shape?

From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood.


Your Home, Your Bacteria

The surfaces in a home reflect the distinct blend of bacteria that inhabit the people that live there.


Is MSG Bad for Your Health?

Four decades of scientific studies suggest the food additive MSG may not deserve its toxic reputation.